At the giant statue of a young Mao Zedong on Juzi Island in Changsha, Hunan province, aunties and youths alike gathered to celebrate and promote patriotism. And no, not in this way.
To kick start the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, thousands of square-dancing aunties and young children (who probably had no choice in the matter) convened at the spot to form a massive slogan with their bodies.
Chinese characters reading “the strength of Chinese lies in themselves” could be read only from the sky. Specifically, the person who was sent up to the sky in a hot air balloon to take pictures of the spectacle.
The statue of a young Mao Zedong, an evocation of Mount Rushmore, looks a little bit more feminine than the photographs of young Mao. Although from a distance the 32m-tall statue looks as if it was carved out of the rock, it wasn’t. The sculpture was actually built upwards from the rock formation in 2009.
Juzi Island, or ‘Tangerine island’, is in the middle of the Xiangjiang River and is also famous for its oranges.
by Daniel Cunningham